The Duncan Banner

Sports

May 4, 2014

Handicap doesn’t faze Humphreys

VELMA — Bita Humphreys, already one of the best girls golfers in Stephens County, is now making a case for being the best one-handed golfer in Oklahoma.

With her arm in a cast, the Velma-Alma senior shot a 110 to help her team qualify for the Class 2A State Tournament on Tuesday.

Starting off the season with high hopes after qualifying individually for state the last three years, Humphreys shattered a bone in her wrist during basketball season and wound up with her right arm in a cast.

“I wasn’t as sad for myself as I was for the team,” Humphreys said. “I was so devastated it made me sick. I felt like I had let my team down.”

A consistent mid-80s shooter who has been playing since she was young, Humphreys’ success sparked the school to become invested in a girls golf program.

Jesse Anderson joined with her in 2011 to become the first girls golfers at Velma-Alma. With the addition of freshmen Brooklyn Bartling and Kyndel Brown this year, the Lady Comets fielded a team for the first time.

“It’s always been me and Bita since freshman year,” Anderson said. “Then we finally get a team, and we make it to state. It’s a big deal, and hopefully this will get some more girls excited to come out and play.”

Humphreys made it possible. It was in the middle of the season when her cast was cut down from above the elbow to below it. That gave her some hope. She had seen some people play one-handed before in videos and was determined to try it.

“I got out in my yard and hit 100s of golf balls one handed,” Humphreys said. “I got to where my short game was exceptional. I borrowed a belly-putter from one of dad’s friends, and my putting, I feel, is better than it was.”

Encouraged by her success, Humphreys set to work on remaking her golf game. She still uses her right arm to steady her swings with her driver, woods or irons, but she is unable to grip the clubs with her right hand. All of her short game is done with her left hand.

It was difficult, but with the help of her father, Larry Humphreys, she started to make some progress.

“I did have doubts. I didn’t think I could do it, but my dad helped me,” Humphreys said. “I’ve gotten comfortable now. I feel like golf is going to be so easy two-handed.”

Coach Lacy Darity hoped from the beginning of the season that it would be possible for the three-time state qualifier to compete again.

“Obviously we knew it would be a challenge for her to compete with basically one arm,” Darity said. “Just the fact that she came out and competed, to give us a chance to qualify, says a lot about her character as an athlete and as person.

“To understand that she’s not going to be 100 percent, but she still wants to give her team the chance to qualify.”

Darity also appreciates the leadership that Humphreys brings back to the team. Her knowledge of the game enables her to give tips and advice to Bartling ad Brown, who are expected to lead the new wave of golfers coming through the junior high ranks.

Even with two seniors leaving, they think they’ll still be able to field a good team next year.

“I think it’s going to be a program that keeps building,” Humphreys said. “(To make it to state) is a really good starting foundation.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Price Gayanich and Price featured at All State

    With Comanche’s Jacob Hammond not participating, Indian coach Nick Price and Velma-Alma’s Jaz Gayanich represent Stephens County at the 2014 All State Boys’ Basketball game at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center Thursday night.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Gray and Revels represent Stephens County at All State

    Both Comanche’s Shane Revels and Duncan’s Jett Gray lost their matches at the 2014 All State big-schools dual at Bixby High School Wednesday night,

    July 31, 2014

  • Coaches OU football coaches talk about season at local fundraiser

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived at Journey Church on Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Sideshows involving Rice and Dungy stain NFL's image

    Pro football training camps should be all about, well, football. But the talk around the NFL is about Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game suspension, Tony Dungy's indelicate remarks about Michael Sam and Jim Irsay's largesse. What kind of league is Roger Goodell running?

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • All Stater Gray represents Duncan at All State

    Jett Gray will represent all of Stephens County at the All State wrestling dual on Wednesday at Bixby High School.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tennis All State group All State wrapup

    There has been plenty of success for Stephens County High Schools this year and with that comes All State nominations.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Duncan tennis sets a new mark of success

    Sustained success for many years makes it difficult for Duncan high school tennis to earn achievements it already hasn’t accomplished.

    July 29, 2014

  • Breaking through For Coffman, All State runs in the family

    Following in his parents’ footsteps, George “Trey” Coffman III takes part in the Oklahoma All State Baseball Game at 7 p.m. in J.L. Johnson Stadium on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • VA’s Allison coaching small-schools

    In his first year at Velma-Alma, Colt Allison led the Comets to a regional final appearance in baseball, took over as the football head coach and was named the small-schools coach for the baseball All State game on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Big game atmosphere VYPE picks Duncan to make playoffs

    Despite facing a rigorous schedule, Duncan was picked by VYPE’s preseason football preview to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.
    With new coach Craig Benson taking over this season, the magazine predicted Duncan will finish fourth in Class 5A District 1 ahead of Chickasha and behind Ardmore. The Demons are also ranked as the No. 16 team in the Class, with Lawton Mac being the highest ranked team in the district at No. 4.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results